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Wake Forest to Host National Meeting for Teachers of Pediatrics

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A leading figure in arts in education will speak to a national meeting of the doctors who teach pediatrics to medical students on April 7-10, hosted by Wake Forest University.

Maxine Greene, Ph.D., professor of philosophy and education (emerita) of Teachers College, Columbia University, and one of the founders of Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education in New York City, will keynote the conference at Grandover Resort and Conference Center near Greensboro.

The theme of the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics (COMSEP) meeting is “Releasing the Imagination: Encountering the Arts in Education,” and it is being presented in partnership with the North Carolina School of the Arts and the Lincoln Center Institute.

“Our theme encompasses not only enriching the education and humanity of our students through their encounters with the arts, but also releasing our own artistic creativity as it applies to our teaching, our research, our patient care and our own personal growth,” said Michael R. Lawless, M.D., professor of pediatrics at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Lawless, along with Marcia Wofford, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics, and Dottye Currin, pediatric educator, are co-hosts of the meeting.

COMSEP brings together directors who organize the teaching of pediatrics to third-year medical students in the United States and Canada. More than 200 participants are expected.

In addition to holding sessions at Grandover, COMSEP will showcase Winston-Salem as a city of the arts with:


The meeting will include 21 workshops on a variety of topics, such as

And the meeting will include several opportunities for COMSEP task forces to meet on curriculum, evaluation, faculty development, learning technology and research..

Since 1976, Greene has served as philosopher-in-residence at the Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education. She is considered one of the motivating forces behind the institute. She also is founder and director of the Center for Social Imagination, the Arts and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Ellis makes visits to Brenner Children’s Hospital of Wake Forest Baptist under the ARCH (Artists Reaching Children in the Hospital) program.

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Media Contacts: Robert Conn, rconn@wfubmc.edu, Shannon Koontz, shkoontz@wfubmc.edu, or Karen Richardson, krchrdsn@wfubmc.edu, at 336-716-4587.

About Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center: Wake Forest Baptist is an academic health system comprised of North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Wake Forest University Health Sciences, which operates the university’s School of Medicine. The system comprises 1,298 acute care, psychiatric, rehabilitation and long-term care beds and is consistently ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report.


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